Perhaps the greatest revelation in the post-Dad world is that, late at night on Christmas Eve, I get to *be*


Santa Claus. When The Little Girl leaves out cookies for Santa tonight, I get to be the one who eats most of them – leaving only trace crumbs to suggest that Santa had been there in her very house, breaking any number of property laws, in the name of bringing joy. It’s pretty awesome. Ditto watching ‘A Christmas Story’ tonight, and reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ just before she goes to bed. And then spreading out the gifts, stuffing the stocking, curling up with The Wife by the lighted tree … I’m excited.

And, with that in mind, you’re going to see limited posting from now through tomorrow (Christmas Day), resuming regular-ish posting on Wednesday (with a fresh podcast on Thursday). Christmas Day has become my informal/formal only day off of the year, so I’m going to take it with vigor. For the story on why taking the day off is special to me, here’s last year’s version of this post.

If news breaks, or if there’s an exceedingly juicy rumor that simply can’t wait, I suppose I’ll drag myself out of a long Winter’s nap to cover it. Otherwise, I’ll see you on Wednesday.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. The holiday season is also the unofficial birthday of BN, having been formed over a few day period after Christmas back in 2008. So, happy fourth birthday, BN. Thanks to all of you for making this such a great place.

  • Ramy16

    Thanks soooo much someday…2015? Merry christmas!

  • JOF

    Thank you Brett for your insight on what was a tough year. all the best to you and your family this Christmas and heres hoping a greater year for the Cubs next year.

    • Hee Seop Chode


  • JodyDavis

    Merry Christmas Brett and to all you BNers… and a happy birthday to BN!

  • JoeyCollins

    Happy holidays to everyone here on Bleacher Nation

  • arta

    Merry Xmas Brett to you and your wonderful family. that also includes the BN family.


    Merry Christmas Brett to you and your family. Also Merry Christmas to minor league guru Luke and to all of the Cub fans\BNer’s out there.

  • MightyBear

    Merry Christmas to Brett, Luke and BN Nation.

  • cubsnivy56

    Happy Birthday Bleacher Nation! Merry Christmas to all!

  • mudge

    I can’t believe how some of the trollers here are drinking the kool-aid about Santa Claus.

    • TheCubsFanFormerlyKnownAsJeff

      How dare you question Santa Claus or his front office….you mister can go be a fan of the Grinch’s team!!!!


    • DarthHater

      That’s not koolaid, it’s egg nog!

  • True(ly) Blue

    My wife and I (a sous chef in training) just finished serving an Italian dinner which means at least 5 courses to 22 folks. We are at the age where our grand kids are bringing boy friends and girl friends. Yikes!!! Only one breakup today. Not bad, eh?
    I put a load in the dishwasher and did one set of pots already and I have about an hour before I make the coffee and bring out the Italian pastries. I’m in the family room decompressing and checking out the BN Nation. I’m an only child from a family far removed from their roots and most Christmas’s for me were my mom, dad and me. The intense family conversations ( and fights) are still hard for me to tolerate so I escape to my TV and computer for 20 or 30 minutes at a time.
    It’s still wonderful though at times overwhelming.
    Merry Christmas to all BNers. I hope that 2013 is more exciting than 2012 for the Cub Nation!

  • MichiganGoat

    Merry Holidays to my friends here on BN, Brett enjoy your day you deserve it.

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    Wait… So Brett is Santa?! Mind blown

  • Internet Random

    It occurs to me on this Christmas Eve that Brett bears a cursory resemblance to Scut Farkus.

    • DarthHater


  • Cheryl

    Merry Christmas all!

  • wfgray

    Merry Christmas, Brett

  • jesus zuniga

    Cheers brett…hick-up…..!!!!!

  • sven-erik312

    Fatherhood is great Brett. The day before Christmas Eve, my 8 year old informed me that she had figured out who Santa Claus is, she was totally OK with that, but I was heart broken. Well, it’s the first of many heartbreaks for a father, I guess!
    Merry Christmas from Sweden Brett, in Swedish it’s “God Jul”, literally Good Yule in translation. There is no religious undertone, the word for “God” is “Gud”.
    Just as a humorous sidelight here, there is a little town in Norway on the way to the coastal city of Trondheim. The name of the town is “Hell”, I have been through it on the train, so I guess you could say I’ve been to Hell and back…
    Read more about it here:,_Norway

  • TonyS

    Nearing the end of Xmas day here in Australia. Merry Christmas to all Cubs fans wherever you may be.

  • http://bleachernation Ferris

    Merry christmas to all….god bless

  • cubzforlife

    Yes my soon to be 8 year old went along with the Santa charade this year but the tip off was the wrapping paper matched the other rolls in the house. I just get tired of lying to my sweet little girl and choose to enjoy the Holiday. Merry Christmas to all on BN and I look forward to April.

  • Dumpgobbler

    Merry x-mas all.

  • Rich H

    Merry Christmas from here in Cardinal Land. My daughter is definitely sticking out in the crowd with her little Castro Jersey and Cubs hat. You got to raise them right you know. You should see some of the looks I get when I go Cubbie blue.

    May today be filled with joy and good family time for all of you and remember that spring training is only 7 weeks away.

  • college_of_coaches

    Merry Christmas to all, and to Brett!

  • EB

    Just opened up my Bleacher Nation T-shirt! Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks for all your great work, Brett

  • Good Captain

    Tidbit of the day that I’m sure will raise blood pressure for some. From MLB Trade Rumor site:
    ” Yuniesky Betancourt is one of the remaining free agents on the market who displayed better-than-average power in 2012. Agent Alex Esteban of Miami Sports Management tells MLBTR that his client is drawing a good amount of interest that will result in a major league deal.”


  • Mike E

    I appeciate all you do Brett and the rest of the team.


  • Dougy D

    Happy holidays and safe travels to everyone.

  • Ctownhustler

    Merry Christmas bleacher nation

  • Internet Random
  • Leroy

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

    • Leroy

      from jolly ole (rainy, not snowy) england!